(18 Episodes) "Against the Storm," another OTR soap opera (and the title of which is from 'King Lear'), began the first of its 3 runs (and a small portion of its 13 years of success) on NBC, October 16, 1939. The final episode of this soap opera, took place on the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS), June 27, 1952. Created and written by Sandra Michael, directed by Axel Gruenberg and starring Roger DeKoven, Gertrude Warner, Arnold Moss and Joan Alexander, this program took place at the... Topic: OTR Soap Opera,Old Time Radio Soap Opera, Proctor & Gamble, Ivory Soap, NBC, MBS
(09 Episodes) "Front Page Farrell" was a 15 minute daily, "Husband & Wife Detective Team" Soap Opera/Crime Serial, broadcast by Mutual/NBC from June 23, 1941 thru March 26, 1954. This serial was a Soap Opera disguised as a Crime Serial, to coax the working-class man to sit by the radio, after his long hard day at work. Judging by the length of the run, the idea worked! Because this detective soap opera took place during WWII, many of the episodes were taken directly from... Topics: Old Time Radio, Front Page Farrell, OTR Soap Opera, OTR Crime Soap Opera, Richard Widmark
(03 Episodes) Houseboat Hannah, sponsored by Proctor & Gambles "Lava Soap" Cleanser, was a syndicated, NBC Red Network, 15 ninute monday thru friday soap opera. This short-lived continuing drama, debuted on NBC Red, September 26 1938; the final episode aired in mid 1941. The theme song for Houseboat Hannah was "Laugh Your Way Through Life," written by: Harry Revel and Mack Gordo * OTR def gp ddh Topics: Houseboat Hannah, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio Soap, Lava Soap, Proctor & Gamble, NBC Red
(24 Episodes) "Ann of the Airlanes" Sponsored by the Matthews-Belk Company for Red Goose Shoes, "Ann of the Airlanes" (not mis-spelled) aired on the WGNC Radio, 6 PM Monday thru Friday, during 1932. Storylines focused on Ann Burton (actor's name unknown), an 'airplane hostess' employed by 'Interstate Airlines.' Ann also worked with the Secret Service, as did her romantic interest, pilot Jack Baker (actor's name also unknown). Gerald Mohr portrayed Secret Service agent and... Topics: Old Time Radio, Ann of the Airlanes, OTR Soap Opera
(03 Episodes) "The Doctor's Wife" was a 15 minute, Monday thru Friday continuing series, broadcast on NBC during the 1950s. The program sponsor was EX-LAX, "... the original chocolated laxative ... 6 tablets only 10 cents." Donald Curtis played the part of the Doctor, while Patricia Wheel held top billing, as the "Doctor's Wife". * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, The Doctor's Wife, OTR Soap Opera
(60 Episodes) Eb & Zeb (1932-1933) was similar to the format of the Lum & Abner comedy show, this one about two old codgers who run a General Store in Corn Center. Eb speaks with a most annoying whistle thru his teeth * def gp ddh ( 1 reviews ) Topics: OTR Comedy Soap Opera, Eb & Zeb
(04 Episodes) "Rosemary," a 15 minute, Monday thru Friday Soap Opera broadcast from 1945 thru 1955 - first on NBC then on KNX-CBS Radio. Story of Rosemary (Dawson) Roberts and the return home of her amnesiac War Veteran husband, Bill Roberts. Bill & Rosemary live in a tiny cape-cod cottage just outside of the small village of Springdale. Other characters are Rosemary's 15 year old sister, Patty and their mother. Writer: Elaine Carrington, author of "Pepper Young's... Topics: Old Time Radio, Rosemary, OTR Soap Opera, Ivory Dish Soap, Elaine Carrington
(52 Episodes * 1950) "MA PERKINS" or "OXYDOL'S OWN MA PERKINS," so named after its original sponsor, Oxydol Laundry Detergent. Although Oxydol sponsored OXYDOL’S OWN MA PERKINS for a long time, there was an eventual parting of the ways. On Friday, November 30, 1956, the final broadcast took place under Oxydol sponsorship. The following Monday, the program was sponsored by the “Multi Sponsors” package. The program continued its story with various sponsors until Friday,... Topics: Old Time Radio, Ma Perkins, Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins, OTR Soap Opera, Oxydol Laundry Soap
(26 Episodes) "Green Valley Line" Very little is known about the "Green Valley Line," other than it was a syndicated serial, possibly broadcast during the early 1930s. "Green Valley Line" tells the story of a small town railroad line in turn of the Century America, and of what a small, close-knit community will do to keep their train in their town. When a conglomerate hound wants to gain ownership of "... the little engine that could...," he sends his son... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, The Green Valley Line, OTR Soap Opera, OTR Children, Family Values, Railroad Stories
(04 Episodes) "Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter" Starring: Joan Banks, Parker Fennelly, and Mason Adams. Announcer: Ed Herlihy Sponsor: Kroger's Ice Tea (Kroger's Grocery Store Specialty Tea) Trials & tribulations of being daughter to the Editor of a large, very popular newspaper. Mary wore many hats during her work within the community and at home: Mother, daughter, business woman, writer, friend, foe, matchmaker, nursemaid, .... * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, Mary Foster Editor's Daughter, OTR Soap Opera, Kroger's Ice Tea, Kroger's Grocery...
(13 Episodes) “Kay Fairchild, Stepmother,” a 9:45am - 10:00am CBS radio soap opera which aired from 1938 thru 1942, was a soap opera about a real life story of a woman who raised another woman's children. The episodes describe the erupting difficulties and adjustments involved in raising a ready made family and the challenges sometimes faced in dealing with in-laws. The program sponsors were Cashmere Bouquet Hand lotion and Colgate toothpowder; Colgate advertised to both mothers and step... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Kay Fairchild Stepmother, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio
(08 Episodes) "Linda's First Love" starring Arline Blackburn as Linda. Kroger Grocery Store sponsored "Linda's First Love" with their specialty blend of coffee, 'Kroger's Spotlight Coffee': "Save by the pound - Up to 17 cents. Let Spotlight Coffee - Cut your expense!" Classic tale of upper-class gent falling for girl from poor side of the tracks - with all of the resulting pitfalls and grief!! These transcribed episodes are recorded from a very well worn vinyl... Topics: Old Time Radio, Linda's First Love, OTR Soap Opera, Kroger's Spotlight Coffee
(25 Episodes) "Joyce Jordan M.D." During the late 1940s, OTRs "Joyce Jordan M.D." was broadcast 15 minutes daily, Monday thru Friday, on the NBC Radio Network. "Can a woman doctor be a woman and a doctor at the same time?" That is a 'Million Dollar Question,' and the one "Joyce Jordan M.D.," wants answered. This is not your every-day Doctor. This medical doctor daydreams constantly throughout each and every work day. We are made (painstakingly) aware of... Topics: Old Time Radio Serial, Joyce Jordan M.D., OTR Soap Opera, OTR Dr. Serial
(03 Episodes) "Just Plain Bill" Old Time Radio's 23-year long run of 15-30 minute situation comedy, "Just Plain Bill," premiered at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Sept. 19, 1932,on CBS Radio and stayed in this time-slot until June 16, 1933. June 19, 1933-1935, CBS moved the program to 7:15 p.m. and in 1935 these nighttime Eps were discontinued. Daytime version was added CBS Oct. 16, 1933 / CBS 11:45am 1935 thru June 12, 1936 / NBC 10:30am Sept. 14, 1936 thru March 15, 1940 / NBC... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Just Plain Bill, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio, Serial, Daytime Drama
(18 Episodes) CBS's "Hilltop House," also known as "Palmolive Hilltop House" (for sponsor, Palmolive Soap), was another 15 minute, monday thru friday daytime drama/soap opera. The lead character, Miss Bess Johnson (actually played by Bess Johnson) is manager of the Hilltop House Orphanage; Bess Johnson also spokesperson for sponsor, Palmolive Soap "...for your hands and complexion." Announcer: Frank Gallop was the programâs announcer, but it was Ms. Johnson who... Topics: Old Time Radio, Hilltop House, Palmolive Hilltop House, Old Time Radio Programs, OTR Soap Opera
(112 Episodes) The Story of Myrt & Marge Debuting on CBS the evening of November 02, 1931, "The Story of Myrt & Marge" (aka "Myrt & Marge") was a popular OTR soap opera/serial drama. The storylines for this continuing drama surrounded the lives and escapades of two chorus girls, Myrt & Marge. As a result of its overwhelming popularity with the household women, January 04, 1937, Myrt & Marge was moved from its evening time-slot, to daytime drama,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Soap Opera, Serial Drama, Myrt & Marge
(34 Episodes) "Big Sister," the creation of Lillian Laugerty, was a 15 minute daily CBS serial, which successfully broadcast from September 14, 1936 until December 26, 1952. Set in the fictional town of Glen Falls, the program dramatized the life of Ruth Evans who sacrificed her own happiness to care for her younger sister Sue and their crippled brother Neddie. After Sue married reporter Jerry Miller, Ruth continued to care for Neddie. She fell in love with Neddie's doctor, John... Topics: Old Time Radio, Big Sister, OTR Soap Opera
(11 Episodes) "The Romance of Helen Trent" was a 1933 to 1960 CBS soap opera created by prolific producers & storytellers, Frank & Anne Hummert. * Each program opened with: "And now, The Romance of Helen Trent, the real-life drama of Helen Trent, who, when life mocks her, breaks her hopes, dashes her against the rocks of despair, fights back bravely, successfully, to prove what so many women long to prove, that because a woman is 35 or more, romance in life need not be... Topics: Old Time Radio, Romance of Helen Trent, OTR Soap Opera
(05 Episodes) "Nona from Nowhere," another creation of famous soap opera husband & wife producer team, Anne & Frank Hummert, was a 1949-1950, 15 minute daily CBS sustained soap opera that lasted only 2 seasons. Sponsor: Bab-O (a nationally known brand cleanser owned by B.T. Babbitt, Inc.) was the only sponsor of "Nona from Nowhere." Synopsis: Nona, actress & adopted daughter of foster father, Patrick Brady Starring: Toni Darney (Nona Dutwell), Karl Weber (Vernon... Topics: Old Time Radio, Nona From Nowhere, OTR Soap Opera
(17 Episodes) *PHOTO: Jane Morgan (Aunt Mary Lane) in her role as Mrs. Margaret Davis on "Our Miss Brooks." (See below) "Aunt Mary," aka "The Story of Aunt Mary, was a 1942 - 1952, 15 minute per week-day, continuing serial/soap opera, heard over the NBC West Coast Network. Although Aunt Mary did not make it to NBCs full National Network broadcast schedule, she was offered an expanded Southwestern Regional area eastward as far as Texas or "... as far east as El Paso... Topics: Old Time Radio Soap Opera, OTR Soap Opera, Continuing Drama, Serial. The Story of Aunt Mary, Aunt...
(17 Episodes) “This is Nora Drake,” a 15 minute, 11:00am weekdays, NBC & CBS soap opera, was broadcast from Oct. 27, 1947 thru Jan. 02, 1959. 1947 thru 1949, Nora aired on NBC; 1948 thru 1949 it was concurrent on CBS; after 1949, ‘Nora’ aired at 2:30pm weekdays, CBS only. * Resident of a mid-sized American town, Nora Drake was a nurse - and later, departmental supervisor on staff at ‘Page Memorial Hospital.’ She was a disciplined, hardworking, community-work oriented,... Topics: Old Time Radio, This is Nora Drake, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio Soap Opera
(195 Episodes - 192 Eps (1942-1947) Plus 5 Misc Episodes) "Vic & Sade" (pg 03) 1942-1947 (197 Eps) TOWN NAME: Throughout airtime, the Gook family's home-town name is never mentioned; the town is, however, believed to be roughly based on Bloomington, Illinois. TOWN BUSINESSES: Courthouse The Ten-Cent Store Greek's Confectionary Croucher's Grocery Store The Bright Kentucky Hotel (shabby) The Butler House Hotel (expensive) Yamilton's Dept. Store (washrag sales) The Little Tiny Petite... Topics: Old Time Radio Soap Operas, OTR Soap Operas. Continuing Dramas, Vic & Sade
MAMA BLOOM'S BROOD This early series (circa 1934) combines elements of the soap opera with those of the situation comedy. The episodes are fifteen minutes long and serialized as well as having a domestic focus, tending to place the show in the soap opera genre. But the treatment of plot and character is light-hearted and humorous, similar to what is found in the myriad of sitcoms that sprang up during radio's golden age. Papa Bloom (Jake) has reached retirement age, and with some astute help... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, Mama Bloom's Brood, Mama Blooms...
(46 Episodes - Pg 01) Vic & Sade (1937-1939) OTRs "Vic and Sade," first heard over NBC's Blue Network in 1932, originated in Chicago. At the height of its popularity, it was broadcast as many as six times per day, over all three major radio networks. The principal characters were a married couple (Vic & Sade Gook) living in "the small house halfway up in the next block." One more character, an adopted son (Rush Gook) was added to the show, after the first weeks in... Topics: Old Time Radio Soap Operas, OTR Soap Operas. Continuing Dramas, Vic & Sade
(22 Episodes) "Life With The Lyons," the BBC Radio Soap Opera which moved successfully to British Television (BBC). * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, Life With The Lyons, BBC, OTR Soap Operas, British
(14 Episodes) "Night Editor" OTR Soap Opera Mystery Drama Created, with men in mind, to get them involved in a "continuing series" (soap opera) disguised as a "Mystery Theater" program. * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, Night Editor, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio Drama
(09 Episodes) "Abroad with the Lockharts" is a 1931-1932, 13 episode radio drama which followed a middle-aged Chicago couple on their start to finish European trip. Of the original 13 episode program, only these nine episodes are known to exist. * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, Abroad with the Lockharts, OTR Soap Opera, Adventure
(88 Episodes) "Pepper Young's Family" With its 1932 introduction as an evening drama (under the name of Red Adams and later Red Davis, Forever Young), "Pepper Young's Family" piloted on NBC Radio, January 13, 1936 and lasted on air until 1959. A production on Nana Radio, "Pepper Young's Family was narrated by Lee Stevens and sponsored by: Beech-Nut Gum & Camay Soap. * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Serial Drama, OTR Soap Opera, OTR Continuing Drama. Pepper Young's Family
(23 Episodes) "Dad & Dave from Snake Gully" is a 1937 Australian 11 Minute daily Radio Soap Opera. It is the story of a country family in the fictional town of Snake Gulley, Australia. It is relaxing to listen to the stories involved in the peaceful lives of these Snake Gulley family members & friends. Favourite meeting place? Why, the local neighbourhood pub, of course. Enjoyable program! * def gp ddh ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Dad & Dave from Snake Gully, OTR Soap Opera, OTR Australia
(18 Episodes) "Love On The Line" 1947 Teenage/Juvenile Soap Opera, "Love on the Line." Little is known of this 1947 soap opera. Each episode is 3-4 minutes long, each 'Peggy and Paul's' storyline sounding much like an "Archie & Betty" type romance/comedy. These 3-4 minute episodes might even lead one to believe this could even possibly be a Teenage Soap Opera Parody ... anyone out there know? * def gp ddh ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Soap Opera, Love on the Line, 1947. Teenager Romance
(140 Episodes) "Firefighters!" was a 140 Episode, 15 minute daily, syndicated serial-drama, depicting the lives of neighbouring 'Plum Valley City' firefighters. Centered around the life of new firefighter, Tim Collins, & his firefighting comrades, most episodes followed fire-related mysteries, which included the research, interviews, & detective work involved in achieving a solution to the cause of each fire. Addressing the hazards of fire and the excitement involved in the... Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Drama, Firefighters, Fire, Fighters OTR Serial, OTR Soap Opera Drama
(14 episodes) The 15 minute "Cecil & Sally Show" was the brainchild of American playwright / screenwriter, Johnny Patrick and his co-worker/partner, Helen Troy. In the late 1920s, companies sprang up across America for the purpose of recording music or programs which could be sold, or syndicated, to a number of local or distant city radio stations. One such station, a San Francisco firm by the name of MacGregor & Sollie Inc., produced the "Cecil & Sally" radio... Topics: Old Time Radio, Cecil & Sally, OTR Comedy Soap Opera, 1920s, Sitcom, Situation Comedy
(82 Episodes plus 1 audition from 1947-1948 season) "Claudia" "Claudia and David," played by Patricia Ryan & Richard Kollmar, was a drama based on the Redbook magazine stories by Rose Franken and William Brown Meloney. It began as a skit on the Kate Smith Hour June 6, 1941; a month later, it became a summer series. Claudia fell in love with David during her teen years. Much of the conflict within the program, derived from the possessiveness of her mother, the... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Claudia, Old Time Radio, OTR Soap Opera, Kathryn Bard, Paul Crabtree
(11 Episodes, 1 interview, 1 theme song & 2 INC Eps with interesting info) "Clara Lu 'n' Em" During the late evening of Tuesday, January 27, 1931 (10:30 pm), "Clara Lu 'n' Em" made radio-broadcasting-history. when it hit the NBC Blue Network airwaves as, what appears to be, the first-ever soap opera. "Clara Lu 'n' Em" aired throughout the 30s & early 40s on the NBC Blue Network & CBS, until, in 1945 it reached syndication heaven. Colgate-Palmolive-Peet,... Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Sitcom, OTR Comedy, Clara Lu n Em, First Soap Opera
(45 Episodes #03 1951) "MA PERKINS" (aka: "OXIDOL'S OWN MA PERKINS") was a daily 15 Minute Soap Opera (NBC & CBS), broadcast from 1933-1960. Page #03 of 3 pgs Ma Perkins 1 Misc 12 eps Ma Perkins 2 1950 52 eps Ma Perkins 3 1951 45 eps * def gp ddh Topics: Old Time Radio, Ma Perkins, Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins, OTR Soap Opera, Oxydol Laundry Detergent
(15 Episodes) "Lonesome Gal" was broadcast across America on Monday nights, and with sponsors such as Bond Street Tobacco & Red Top Beer, one can fairly well guess to whom this program was geared .... "Lonesome Gal" says to all you fella's out there: "Lonesome .... I'm a real lonesome gal. I can't stop feeling lonesome. Heaven knows when I shall .... As the music fades, that sexy voice continues softly .... "Hi Babeeeeee .... this is your Lonesome Gal ....... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Lonesome Gal, OTR Soap Opera, Sexy, Sultry Stuff
(40 Episodes) "Whispering Streets," which debuted on ABC radio March 03, 1952 (and broadcasting from there, until 1960 was broadcast with a completely different format from the soap opera norm. "Whispering Streets" continuing drama was a once weekly, 30 minute romantic/ soap opera/drama that picked up each week, where it left off the previous week, rather than the 15 minute daily episodes which the public was accustomed to. The minor character of the week would narrate and... Topics: Old Time Radio, Whispering Streets, OTR Soap Operas, Hope WInslow
(12 Episodes - Misc) Produced by Frank & Anne Hummert and debuting on WLW-Cincinnati Radio August 14, 1933, "Ma Perkins" (or "Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins") would grow to be the longest running radio soap opera. On December 4th, 1933, Ma Perkins graduated to the NBC Red Network, where it was broadcast until 1949. In 1942, "Ma Perkins" was picked up by CBS radio, at which time it was broadcast on both NBC and CBS simultaneously. Ma was the owner-operater of the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio. Ma Perkins, Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins, OTR Soap Opera
(41 Episodes: 1st 3 Cases) "The Misadventures of Si & Elmer" (aka "Si & Elmer") was a daily 15 minute comedic soap opera, broadcast in the early 1930s. Story of two old fellas who decide later-in-life (their mid-60s) to become detectives. The boys manage to receive their detective licence, quickly open their own agency, studying their work-manual as they investigate. The antics to follow are quite hilarious and worth following - regardless of the 1 and 1/2 Minute... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Misadventures of Si & Elmer, Serial, OTR Soap Opera, OTR Sitcom, Comedy Detective
MAMA BLOOM'S BROOD This early series (circa 1934) combines elements of the soap opera with those of the situation comedy. The episodes are fifteen minutes long and serialized as well as having a domestic focus, tending to place the show in the soap opera genre. But the treatment of plot and character is light-hearted and humorous, similar to what is found in the myriad of sitcoms that sprang up during radio's golden age. Papa Bloom (Jake) has reached retirement age, and with some astute help... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Mama Bloom's Brood,...
CLAUDIA Claudia, which is perhaps better known as Claudia and David, was an old time radio show based on a series of short stories written by Rose Franken and William Brown Meloney, which appeared in Redbook magazine. The program was a soap opera centered on newlyweds David and Claudia Naughton. It followed the problems and the successes, big and small, of an average newly-married couple, including the need for thrift, having an overhanded mother-in-law, and all those charming little moments... Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, OTRR Certified Set, Claudia,...
CLAUDIA Claudia, which is perhaps better known as Claudia and David, was an old time radio show based on a series of short stories written by Rose Franken and William Brown Meloney, which appeared in Redbook magazine. The program was a soap opera centered on newlyweds David and Claudia Naughton. It followed the problems and the successes, big and small, of an average newly-married couple, including the need for thrift, having an overhanded mother-in-law, and all those charming little moments... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Claudia, Claudia and...
(40 Episodes) "Betty & Bob" Old Time Radio Soap Opera **SPONSORS: Gold Medal Flour, Wheaties, Bisquick ** THEME SONG: “Salute d'Amour" By 1932, the "daytime female serial dramas" and the "light, homey, or love interest dramas" were starting to become more and more popular. NBC-Blue introduced ROMANCE, and SHEER ROMANCE, with Betty & Bob. "Betty and Bob" began at NBC Blue on October 10, 1932 (with General Mills), the first show to be... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Betty & Bob, OTR Soap Opera, Old Time Radio Drama